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Friday, November 5, 2010

Guinness Record Setting Animals of 2011


With the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records soon to be released, let's get acquainted with some of the most astounding, and sometimes furry and adorable subjects in the book -- the animals! These are ten animals who made the cut and set a record through their size or talent. Get ready to be amazed.

Giant George World's Tallest Dog
Measuring in at 43 inches tall at the withers, Giant George is currently the world's tallest dog, as well as the tallest dog ever. He sleeps on a queen size bed and whenever he flies, he takes up a row of three spaces. Talk about a pricy pooch -- not only does he eat a ton to support his 245 pound frame, but he also needs three plane seats when flying! Another piece of random trivia about Giant George is that he has appeared on Oprah.

Darius (rabbit) World's Largest Rabbit
About as tall as the average toddler at 4 foot 3, British rabbit Darius is currently the world's largest rabbit. Each day, Darius eats a bowl of rabbit chow, two apples, a dozen carrots with their leafy tops and half a cabbage. Fortunately for his owner, model Annette Edwards, she's able to grow her own veggies to keep down the cost of feeding this fifty pound rabbit.

Milan (horse) Longest Distance By a Horse On Hind Legs
Doc, a literal Italian stallion, is noted for being a horse that has traveled the furthest distance on just its hind legs. Trained by equestrian Gregory Ancelotti, Doc ran a staggering 95 feet 5 inches, amazing for a horse his size. You can catch Doc setting the record in this video starting at 2:03.

Tubby (dog) Most Bottles Recycled By a Dog
If there was an award for world's greenest dog, Tubby from South Wales would surely earn it. Over the past six years, Tubby has helped his owner recycle more than 26,000 bottles. He apparently has a very keen sense of smell for bottles and will seek them out in the most random of places. If only more people out there would do what Tubby does so well!

Anastasia (dog) Fastest Time To Pop 100 Balloons By A Dog
If you're throwing a party and want to have your balloons intact, you may want to keep Anastasia off your guess list -- this pooch can pop 100 balloons in just a cool 44.49 seconds. You can catch Anastasia in action in this video. Not only is she nuts for balloons, but she goes crazy over blimps, too.

Puggy (dog) Longest Tongue on a Dog
For such a little fella, he sure does have a long tongue! This nine year old, pint-size Pekingese's tongue measures 4.5 inches long and is fully functional, which is why Puggy's human decided that medical intervention was not necessary. Puggy comes from very humble beginnings and you can read all about his interesting history on his official webpage.

Swallow (cow) World's Smallest Cow
Measuring 33.5 inches tall, Swallow is the world's smallest cow. Despite her diminutive size, Swallow is 11 years old and mother to nine normal sized Dexter cows and is currently pregnant with her tenth. And don't be fooled by her barn life; Swallow is a cultured cow who enjoys listening to contemporary music on BBC radio in her cowshed over grazing with her herd.

Boo Boo World's Smallest Dog
Standing at only four inches (that's right, four inches!) tall, Boo Boo takes the cake for world's smallest dog. Though she has grown considerably since her birth weight of under an ounce, she's still a tiny pooch at 6.5 inches (a slice of NYC pizza is longer than that). Guinness Records did the math and figured that it would take 3750 Boo Boos stacked up to reach the top of the Empire State Building. Oh, and have you noticed that she's standing next to a box of matches in this photo?

Einstein (horse) World's Smallest Horse
Einstein is currently the world's tiniest horse. Unlike his predecessor, Thumbelina, Einstein has no signs of dwarfism -- he's just tiny! He was born on April 22, 2010 at just 14 inches and six pounds, about the size of human babies.

Fluffy (snake) World's Longest Snake in Captivity (deceased)
It's with a heavy heart that I report that Fluffy, set to be in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest snake in captivity, has passed away at the age of 18 at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Ohio on October 26, 2010. Measuring at 24 feet and 300 pounds, Fluffy was very well-loved by the zoo staff and was considered its gentle giant.